Post panel I had many people come up to chat or DM me on Twitter, thanking me for questioning this mentality. We have talented, hard working people out there struggling, stressing out and suffering because we don’t know how to respect someone whose passion and commitment is to CSS and HTML and not JS.
It’s our own fault that this idea has spread throughout our industry. We are the ones who hire, write job descriptions and set this expectation, and worst of all we allow people to disrespect the work of our colleagues and friends.
Of course, there are people who are amazing at a lot of things, and that is totally awesome but just because that works for them, doesn’t mean we should be forcing it on everyone. It’s like “Should designers code” or whatever the phrase of the week is.